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Land war comes to Noida airport hub

india Updated: Aug 03, 2011 01:46 IST
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Farmers of Jevar village, where the Uttar Pradesh government wants an airport and aviation hub, decided to oppose acquisition of their land at a panchayat on Tuesday.

Jevar is one of 40-odd villages along the Yamuna Expressway linking Greater Noida with Agra.

The farmers have been inspired by the Supreme Court and Allahabad high court orders last month, directing the government to return 750 hectares of land to farmers of Shahberi and Patwari villages in Greater Noida.

The land in Shahberi and Patwari was acquired for a pittance under the urgency clause of the land law for 'public purpose' but sold to builders at huge prices to enable them to build residential apartments.

The government has reserved 10,000 hectares in several villages in Jevar tehsil by informing farmers that their land will be acquired for the aviation hub.

Several other villages along the Expressway also held panchayats under the banner of the Rashtriya Kisan Union.

"We're not against the Expressway. But in the name of the airport project, the authorities have expanded the area of reserved land four times. We're sure the bulk of this land will be sold to private builders for residential complexes and hotels," said Raj Kumar of Sabota village in Jevar tehsil.

"We should get the right to sell our land directly to private developers," said farmer Vijay Pal Singh.

"Compensation should be six times the present circle rate," said Gurdas Singh, another farmer.

On Sunday and Monday, other villages along the Expressway held panchayats and issued warnings to builders to stop work.

"We're moving court. No work will be allowed till the matter is settled in court," said a farmer.